Kitchen Crush via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

I have a major kitchen crush!

I am smitten with the dark lacquer cabinets and the gorgeous waterfall island. 

Sleek and Sophisticated via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Cardea Home’s Laurie Lehrich, architect D. Stanley Dixon and DENNIS SCHUHART fashion a bold and beautiful kitchen

Written by Jeanne Lyons Davis / Photography by David Christensen / Styled by Dennis Schuhart


As the children of a Buckhead family grew into college-age adults, the homeowners realized their 1929 family home needed to reflect this new chapter of life, especially the kitchen. Cue Laurie Lehrich of Cardea Home and architect D. Stanley Dixon, who served a fresh kitchen renovation that transitions from pancakes to parties with ease.

“This was a massive renovation well beyond the kitchen, and Stan Dixon and his team really shined by transforming the small, closed-off area into a larger, lighter room with more open space,” Lehrich says.

To adjust to their empty nest, the homeowners wanted to create a kitchen arrangement that would accommodate the grown members of their family, from festive gatherings to leisure time for just the couple. The island, for example, was designed with opposite bar seating in addition to side to side, so that husband and wife can face each other while sharing casual meals.

The aesthetic features strong traditional elements thanks to flush inset cabinetry and an iconic Lacanche range in matte black with a mixed metal trim, complementing the eye-catching custom hood. 

While the design leans toward classic characteristics, contemporary elements also shine through, like sleek transitional doors and, most notably, dramatic glossy coats of Sherwin-Williams Black Fox paint on the cabinets. The honed Italian marble countertop, backsplash and sculptural waterfall island juxtapose the distinctive cabinet color and finish.

Lehrich notes that the homeowners leaned in to the bold color choice. “One would think it would absorb light and make the room dark, but in a high-gloss mirrored finish, it did just the opposite. Light dances all over the room,” she says. “It’s well-balanced and thoughtful, but not without surprises and details that keep it interesting.”

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